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A Growth Plan for Northern Ontario

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A Growth Plan for Northern Ontario

Ministry of Infrastructure

The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario is a long-term strategic plan that will chart a new economic direction for the North. It will set out a framework of policies and investment strategies for building on the North's strengths, creating a more innovative and competitive economy, supporting a skilled workforce and providing a coordinated approach at all levels. This will help ensure that investments, planning and economic development will encourage and support sustainable growth of northern communities and First Nations in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The initiative is co-led by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. It is backed by the province's Places to Grow legislation and supported at Queen's Park by a special committee of 16 Cabinet ministers.

After releasing a discussion paper in May 2008, the Growth Plan initiative held a series of regional discussions to gain input on themes outlined in the paper.

This fall, northern leaders will join business, industry, research and academic experts to explore key policy directions for the Growth Plan in greater depth. These one-day technical sessions will be held across the North.




November 7, 2008


Thunder Bay

November 26, 2008


Sault Ste. Marie

November 27, 2008

Alternative Energy

Sault Ste. Marie

December 10, 2008



December 11, 2008

Education and Training


January 7, 2009

Value-added Forestry

Thunder Bay

January 8, 2009


Thunder Bay

January 21, 2009


North Bay

January 22, 2009


North Bay

January 28, 2009

Aboriginal Economic Development


Early in 2009, Thunder Bay will play host to a major think tank featuring national and international experts who will share their experiences with northern participants. A draft Growth Plan for Northern Ontario will be released later in 2009 for public review.



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